We have discussed on a number of occasions that this year will be all about the tablet PC, and this was evident at yesterdays CES 2010 event. There were three big announcements made yesterday from HP, Lenovo and Sony, with Microsoft backing the Hewlett Packard model.
2009 was all about the netbook, it just shoes how fast trends in technology change in just one year, but are we truly ready for the big onslaught of the tablet PC this year? Most computer makers will be coming out with some sort of tablet device this year, some just an eBook reader and some a portable computer, mixed between a smartphone and a netbook.
Three main models were on show yesterday, but would any of us pay any attention to them if and when Apple announce the launch of their slate device, maybe at their January 26 or 27 event? PC World has said something very interesting, they say that companies are not making their computers better anymore, instead they choose to sell better devices, netbooks in 2009 and Tablet’s in 2010.
HP has yet to name their Multitouch tablet device, but was seen as the star of the Consumer Electronics Show, this has something to do with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer putting his weight behind the device at his Keynote speech. The announcement was seen as an anticlimax though, as it was not the rumored Microsoft “Courier” tablet that was rumored.
The Lenovo Ideapad U1 is a sort of hybrid device, as it is a cross between a tablet and a laptop, but with its great specs is sure to do well. The Sony Dash Mobile Internet Device does no have a name yet but you know that the tablet will be something special with Sony behind it. They could add a twist and make it possible to play PSP or PS3 games on it, now how cool would that be?
For full details of these three tablet devices, head over to PC World.